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Hero ISL: Arindam Bhattacharja Stars Against Chennaiyin FC

Arindam Bhattacharja’s heroics against Chennaiyin FC ensured that ATK Mohun Bagan got a vital point to go top of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table on Tuesday. The match against the Marina Machans at the Bambolim Stadium, Goa was a well-fought one. Even though it ended in a stalemate, it was a wonderful spectacle to watch and a tactical masterclass by both the managers. One of the more exciting 0-0 you would see in football. 

Here’s how the top ATK Mohun Bagan players fared in this match.

ARINDAM BHATTACHARJA – 9/10

Arindam Bhattacharja was on top form between the sticks for the Mariners. He pulled some of the best saves of the season and ensured that his team notched up yet another clean sheet. His save from Reagan Singh’s shot will go down as a ‘Save of the Season’ contender surely and for that save itself he deserved the Hero of the Match award. 

TIRI – 8/10

The Spanish centre back, Tiri was colossal in this match as well. Not just his defensive work, he is a leader on the pitch and is always making sure that his team is well set up to deal with the opposition attackers. His ability on the ball is second to none in the league and his distribution from the back is excellent. He put in a warrior performance against Chennaiyin as well and deserves to get an 8/10. 

SUBHASISH BOSE – 7.5/10

A match where goals didn’t come easily, Subhasish Bose’s cross from the left-wing back position in the second half was easily one of the best chances created by the Mariners. He was also strong defensively and did a good job against Rahim Ali on the right-wing of the Chennaiyin attack. For his solid defensive show and his crosses in the attack, he was the third-best ATK Mohun Bagan player on the pitch. 

PRITAM KOTAL – 7.5/10

Antonio Lopez Habas is lucky to have versatile players like Pritam Kotal in his squad. He can play as one of the centre backs in the three at the back system or can play as a proper right-back when he deploys four defenders. In this match itself, they started with four at the back and changed it mid-game to three and Kotal’s experience comes handy in these situations. He put in a stellar shift in this game as well and contributed massively to the clean sheet. 

CARL McHUGH – 7/10

The warrior in the middle of the park, Carl McHugh day in and day out, puts on strong performances. In yet another match he was great in the midfield and swept in front of the back four brilliantly. The Irishman is one of the best tacklers in the league and it’s because of him ATK Mohun Bagan’s defence is one of the best in the league. He was easily one of the best players against Chennaiyin and deserves a 7/10 in this match. 


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